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BSc (Hons)

Astrophysics (with Foundation Year)

4 years
September 2024

Do you ever wonder how our universe came to be? Our Astrophysics (with Foundation Year) degree course will help you find the answers and lead to a rewarding career in this field.

Why study with us

  • 1st
    in the UK for academic support
    National Student Survey (Physics and Astronomy) (compared with unis in the Guardian University Guide)
  • 6th
    in the UK for overall positivity
    National Student Survey (Physics and Astronomy) (compared with unis in the Guardian University Guide)
  • 2nd
    in the North West for student satisfaction
    Complete University Guide (Physics and Astronomy)
  • 5th
    in the UK for teaching quality
    Times Good University Guide (Physics and astronomy)
  • You’ll gain excellent observational, mathematical and logical skills as well as problem-solving abilities.
  • You’ll also benefit from a state-of-the art learning environment for practical analysis, interpretation and modelling of astronomical data.
  • Learn at one of the UK’s best-equipped teaching observatories, with our recent £200,000 investment in probably the most powerful modern optical telescope available in the country.

What you'll do

  • In the 2022 National Student Survey, 92% of Physics and Astrophysics respondents were overall satisfied with their course, with a 90% rating for the teaching on the course.
  • The University has its own observatory, the Alston Observatory, one of the largest teaching observatories in the UK, which you’ll get to use during your BSc (Hons) Astrophysics course.
  • You’ll also benefit from an excellent learning environment, with state-of-the-art facilities used for practical analysis, interpretation, modelling astronomical data and specialised research software.


In Year 3 you can choose between studying one of the following compulsory modules: either Physics/Astronomy Project or UAS Teaching Placement.

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information. However, our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may cause alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses. Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies or revisions to subject benchmarks statements. As well as to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

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Future careers

Graduates of our BSc (Hons) Astrophysics degree are amongst the most employable around because of their analytical and mathematical skills. Your skills make you particularly attractive to employers, not just in astrophysics, but in a wide range of fields including oil and gas, and medical physics.

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During my degree I completed two summer internships. The first of these led to a publication in a notable scientific journal, and at the University of North Carolina Asheville (UNCA) I presented work at an international conference.
Simon Ebo
MPhys Astrophysics
United Kingdom
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Fees and funding

First year£9,250 for the first year
Full-time£9,250 per year
First year£16,400 for the first year
Full-time£16,500 per year

Scholarships and bursaries

We have a wide range of bursaries, scholarships and funds available to help support you whilst studying with us.

Select your country to see eligibility information and how to apply by selecting more info on the cards below.


This course is based in the School of Engineering and Computing

For information on possible changes to course information, see our essential and important course information

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